Microsoft INNOVA~1 'open source' again

Microsoft to open 'satellite' open source network lab in RP

,----[ Quote ]
| Although declining to give details, the local executives said the Microsoft
| open source network lab will test the interoperability of the company's
| products, including the new operating system Vista, with other environments.
`----

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakin...icle_id=110916

You would get a kick out of this one. This has nothing to do with open source.
They try to hijack definitions to exclude Free software and impose patent tax.

Microsoft getting open source religion in the Philippines?

,----[ Quote ]
| If I moved there, though, would I have to drink Microsoft's Kool-Aid like the
| Microsoft Philippines country manager has?
`----

http://blogs.cnet.com/8301-13505_1-9...bj=TheOpenRoad

Some more examples of Microsoft lobbying in the Philippines are at the bottom
(BSA, Oracle, and Microsoft shillnalysts often involved).


Related:

NCC to tie up with NGO for open source project

,----[ Quote ]
| The National Computer Center (NCC) is looking at working with
| local non-governmental organization in developing open source
| applications under the former's eLGU government project.
`----

http://www.asianjournal.com/?c=190&a=19005


FOSS and e-Governance

,----[ Quote ]
| And there you have it: FOSS in e-government projects work; they're
| cost effective; and they've been met by LGU officials with warm
| welcome. So to reiterate the question: why isn't government
| adopting more FOSS applications to improve local processes?
|
| The main reason, it seems, is the lack of awareness.
`----

http://villageidiotsavant.blogspot.c...overnance.html


Too late to discredit open source, advocates say

,----[ Quote ]
| "It's too late," exclaimed Winston Damarillo, founder and
| chairman of software development firm Exist Global, in an
| interview with Computerworld Philippines. "Open source
| is all over the place."
|
| [...]
|
| Anson Uy, president of Touch Solutions (a Red Hat Linux company),
| earlier on broke the news to Computerworld Philippines about the
| alleged "funded missions" by some software firms to discredit open
| source, although he did not identify any company.
|
| Anson revealed among the top three actions against FOSS are being
| done through "sponsored studies, piracy of open source developers,
| and bold press releases."
`----

http://www.linuxworld.com/news/2007/...rss-linux-news
http://tinyurl.com/2bj969


RP firm builds open source curriculum for schools

,----[ Quote ]
| Filipino software firm Exist Global is developing a courseware
| based on its own open source platform for distribution to
| universities and schools that teach software development courses.
`----

http://www.asianjournal.com/?c=190&a=18663


Open source bill hits snag in Congress

,----[ Quote ]
| The bill was criticized by the Philippine Software Industry
| Association (PSIA), an industry group representing major
| software vendors. In a statement, PSIA said the bill limits
| freedom of choice among users and hinders the growth of the industry.
`----

http://www.asianjournal.com/?c=190&a=18662


EU experts to conduct open source workshops

,----[ Quote ]
| The event, titled "Philippine Conference on Free and Open Source
| Software and E- Governance," will be held March 7-8 at the
| Edsa Shangri-la Hotel in Mandaluyong City.
`----

http://www.asianjournal.com/?c=190&a=18386


CICT offers open source software packages for Filipinos

,----[ Quote ]
| The "Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) CD Kit Series" hopes to
| discourage the use of unlicensed software and promote the
| distribution of software and documents under the free and open
| source licensing models, the CICT said.
|
| In a report distributed by the CICT Human Capital Development
| Group, the agency said the software packages comprise freely
| available open source software that can run on either the Linux
| or Windows operating system.
`----

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakin...ticle_id=47636


Via, Puppy Linux tout "affordable" computing

,----[ Quote ]
| Puppy Linux was guest-of-honor at an "Affordable Community
| Computing Workshop" this week in the Philippines, where
| participants assembled and took home ultra low-cost, PC-like
| computing devices. The workshop was sponsored by Via and
| several organizations working to close the "digital divide"
| in the Philippines.
`----

http://www.linuxdevices.com/news/NS5712218546.html


FOSS Bill Listed For First Public Hearing

,----[ Quote ]
| Listed for November 15th, the hearing by The Committee on Information and
| Communications Technology has invited comment from various stakeholders
| potentially affected by the bill, including community representatives as
| well as industry giants Microsoft and Oracle.
`---- ┬* ┬* ┬* ┬* ┬* ┬* ┬* ┬* ┬* ┬*

http://www.localfoss.org/Philippino_...Public_Hearing


Philippine Linux Company Promotes Free Software by Offering Rental and Lease
to Own Servers

,----[ Quote ]
| Philippine-based Linux company GEN Automation Technologies does their
| share in promoting Free Software by providing small and medium sized
| enterprises (SMEs) the options to avail of rental and lease-to-own
| servers running on Open Source software.
`----

http://www.24-7pressrelease.com/view...hp?rssID=18985


DSWD shifting to open source software -- official

,----[ Quote ]
| DSWD will slowly introduce PCLinux, a flavor of open source software, as
| an alternative desktop platform in the agency. The trained employees will
| then help other employees in the migration to open source software,
| the official added.
|
| "This is no longer an experiment," Arme├▒a added, noting that the open
| source software trainings of selected employees will continue until
| first quarter of 2007.
`----

http://technology.inq7.net/infotech/...ticle_id=23457


RP Open Source confab: It's time to make the rules

,----[ Quote ]
| After years of breaking the rules in the computing world, it's now time for
| open source to make the rules.
|
| [...]
|
| Right now, there's tremendous opportunity for Filipinos with open
| source skills since 67 percent of servers used in the Internet is based
| on open source technology.
|
| "But we'd also like to emphasize that we're not against any
| software company," Contreras said. "What we're saying is that with
| open source, companies now have an option to choose."
`----

http://www.mb.com.ph/INFO2006092575370.html


The Open Source Bill

,----[ Quote ]
| "This act shall be known as the "Free/Open Source Software (FOSS)
| Act of 2006"
`----

http://www.chinwong.com/Documents/FOSS_bill_draft_.pdf


More schools take to open source

,----[ Quote ]
| Unlike the first two phases of the program that used the proprietary
| Windows operating system and Microsoft Office, the computers in phase 3
| will be bundled with free and open source Fedora Linux and OpenOffice.
|
| "This is the most important milestone," he said, noting that the project
| went to Lenovo in a public bidding in part because its software costs were
| so low.
|
| Free and open source software is also increasingly finding its way into
| state-owned universities and colleges, Lallana said.
`----

http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?...01_sept04_2006


Part 2 eyed for open source project

,----[ Quote ]
| With the achievements of the Philippine Open Source Initiative
| Project (POSITIVE), its three proponents are seeking to come up
| with a follow-up program to ensure long-term sustainability of POSITIVE,
| this time targeting Philippine companies to play a role.
|
| [...]
|
| So far, Project POSITIVE has trained 218 teachers from 91 participating
| schools. Some of these schools have either fully implemented the
| POSITIVE courseware or some parts of it, depending on the school's
| IT curriculum.
|
| Sianghio said they are hoping to reach more than 100 school partners
| by November.
`----

http://technology.inq7.net/infotech/...ticle_id=22680


Copying (by hand) from the PDF.

,----[ Quote ]
| An act defining the procurement of software in government agencies,
| promoting the development, and use of free/open source sofware (FOSS)
`----

,----[ Quote ]
| "This act shall be known as the "Free/Open Source Software (FOSS)
| Act of 2006"
`----

http://www.chinwong.com/Documents/FOSS_bill_draft_.pdf


CICT drafts educational open

,----[ Quote ]
| One of the components of FINE is the distribution of a Free and Open
| Source Software (FOSS) CD Kit that contains about a dozen open
| source alternatives to proprietary applications.
|
| These applications include OpenOffice (alternative to Microsoft
| Office), Scribus DTP (alternative to Microsoft Publisher), NVU Web
| Authoring, 3D modeling software Blender (alternative to the more
| expensive Maya), Firefox (alternative to proprietary Web browsers),
| among others.
|
| [...]
|
| Another is the eQuality program that provides open source training
| to students from state colleges and universities.
`----

http://technology.inq7.net/infotech/...ticle_id=18508


Almost famous

,----[ Quote ]
| Because Linux is free, nobody knows exactly how many people
| use it.
|
| [...]
|
| Ever since the company launched its Windows Genuine Advantage program
| last year, I've said that heavy-handed efforts to crack down on
| software piracy would backfire. The market research company IDC
| seems to agree.
|
| Instead of encouraging users to obtain genuine copies of Windows,
| Microsoft's anti-piracy efforts will cause many users to opt for
| a freely available Linux distribution, says Al Gillen, an IDC analyst.
|
| [...]
|
| For Linux, that promise has already come true. Now all that's
| left is to make it truly famous.
`---

http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?...ss6_jan30_2007